Great Scott.

2 Dec

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Many people may have never heard of Scott Jurek and if you are one of them then you are about to find out. Scott is not only a role model with crazy clout in the veg lifestyle realm, he is also the best ultra-marathon runner in the world. Yes, the best. And what does the best eat? Plants of course.

Mr. Jurek was not always vegan, not even vegetarian for that matter. He started running in high school which was more just him training for ski season. But in 1994 he received a ‘dare’ to run ultra-marathon, he took the dare and place 2nd on his first try. Without ever even running a marathon, or running marathon distances as practice. And with that, a star was born.

Scott stopped eating meat in 1997 and went vegan in 1999. These days he is an outspoken advocate for the plant based diet for health, environmental and ethical reasons. He saw all the illness and health issues his family had from the way that they ate, as well as his physical therapy patients. He started to realize all of their health issues came down to dietary issues. He credits his mother having M.S. to his tough mental abilities because to him, ultra-marathons are more mentally tough than they are physically.

A winner of the Western States race 7 straight times, he also holds to course record there as well as the course record at the Badwater Unltramarathon, which is often considered to be the most difficult race of its kind, in the world. Add to that he has won the Spartathon three times, the only American to ever do so and he also holds 2 of the 3 fastest times on this course as well. He has also run over the competition in Hong Kong, Japan, Vermont and Mexico, to name a few.  As of this year Mr. Jurek can also add, author to his resume. He co-wrote the book, ‘Eat and Run’ which is a New York Time Bestseller. Gosh, just tying about Scott Jurek makes me tired 😉

Check out the link below to his website and order his book. Even if you are not a runner or an athlete for that matter, you should read what Scott has to write because he is obviously doing something right and because he is a good guy. Word on the scene is he has been known to wait at the finish line for hours to congratulate other competitors on their finishing of the race. A class act, an amazing athlete and a vegan and if you want my humble, Mr. Jurek is the kind of athlete we should be admiring.

http://scottjurek.com/ Scott’s Homepage.

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2 Responses to “Great Scott.”

  1. Rob December 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    I love that you are advocating vegan-ism with athleticism! Scott Jurek is one of my heros and I actually began eating a vegetarian diet because of him! Just an FYI, He did set course records for both the Badwater and Western States but neither still stand.

    • Author December 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      Thanks for the 4-1-1 and I must agree Scott Jurek is THE MAN!!!

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